04/08/2013 05:34 pm ET

Peru's Reinstated Military Draft Discriminates Against Poor

LIMA, Peru — The Peruvian government has sparked an uproar by reinstating the military draft — but allowing those who can afford a $715 fine to skip military service.

The measure has been almost universally attacked as discriminating against the poor, particularly from the Amazon and Andes, where entire families earn less than that sum in a year, while allowing rich kids to legally dodge the draft.

It is especially polarizing in Peru where many of those with the cash to pay the fine are white, and most of those who can’t are either Afro-Peruvians or of indigenous descent.

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